Life in the Fast Lane


Last Travel Hurrah for the Summer (Part 1)

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As of this past weekend, the Philippines officially said its farewells to the summer season and welcomed the rain. It had been raining on and off for the last couple of weeks, so planning last-minute vacations has become a tricky business.

But I got to spend the last three weekends away from home – two of which were personal trips and one of which was for work.

Weekend No. 1 (May 13 to 15)

Together with my siblings and new family friends, we did the ultimate road trip to the CWC (CamSur Watersports Complex) in Camarines Sur for a weekend of wakeboarding, sun and more fun.

We stayed in this quaint (really, it was quaint) little wooden cabin. There was a bathroom with a glass partition, a bedroom with just enough space for a queen-sized bed and a desk, and an outer room with just enough space for a pull-out bed. In other words, it was just right for me and my three siblings.

After checking in (it took us ten hours to get there by car), my sister Cooks and I decided to swim. We had the resort pool all to ourselves.

Afterwards, we met up with our brothers and Anna for some wakeboarding. Chuck had already wakeboarded before when he went with Anna's family. But Cooks, CJ and I were total n00bs. We were in for a wild ride.

Although I consider myself to be a fairly coordinated person (I did gymnastics for a few years, so I know a thing or two about balancing), I didn't factor in the speed of the line pulling us as well as the waves. It took a while before I could completely cross the lake. My first few attempts saw me wiping out in the middle of the lake.

I have no action shots of myself wakeboarding, but I managed to take one of Anna. She was not only able to cross the lake a few times, but she was successful at making a 180ยบ turn and going back. Nice!

We ended our first night with several rounds of card games.

I had heard before that there were several nearby islands which were accessible by bangka (small motorized boats with plywood rafters), so the next day, the five of us decided to go island hopping.

We drove for two hours to Sabang Port, and there, we were met by guides who told us which islands were close by and which were farther.

Thirty minutes later, we touched down at what we'd like to call "our island". It was deserted, save for the little huts where we could place our things. Chuck and Anna set off to enjoy the sun and clear waters.

CJ decided to do silly faces underwater. He was the first of us siblings to hit the beach this summer (he was invited by a friend to his beach house back in early March; how I'd love to have my own beach house) but there was a storm that weekend so they didn't swim. This time around, he finally got to enjoy the underwater world.

My sister is more toned than I am, but at least I emerged from this trip more tanned than ever. Talk about self-reassurance.

It was hard to say goodbye to "our island".

On our way back, our guide took us to another nearby island. There were amazing waterfalls over there and we couldn't not check it out.

It was awesome to swim under the falls.

On our last morning, we had just enough time for breakfast and packing up before making the twelve-hour trip home (there were festivals in the towns we passed, hence the traffic). But before that, we vowed to come back and hopefully conquer the lake for more advanced wakeboarders.

Thank you, CWC! We hope to be back soon.

The next day will see me flying back to Bangkok for work for the rest of the week. That entry will follow soon. Stay tuned!

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